Ilian was born in Damascus, Syria and has lived in Italy and Switzerland before his family settled down in Southern California. Ilian attended the University of California, Irvine and earned a B.A. in Political Science. Ilian earned his Juris Doctor at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. As a law student, Ilian clerked under the Honorable Frederick P. Aguirre, and was a law clerk for several local law firms. During this time, Ilian earned awards for academic performance by the Witkin Legal Institute in Trusts and Estates, Contract Drafting, Juvenile Law and Legal Ethics.

As head of the Litigation Department, he leverages his extensive trial and appellate experience to quickly analyze complex issues, develop trial strategies and position the case to obtain a successful resolution.

Practice Area Expertise 

  • Trial Advocacy
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Family Law Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Litigation

Bar Admissions 

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

Certifications and Awards

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2016-2022


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • 31st College of Trial Advocacy


  • University of California, Irvine, BA Political Science, Cum Laude
  • Western State University College of Law, JD, Cum Laude

Get To Know Ilian:

I am a trial lawyer focusing my litigation and appellate practice to family law, probate, wills & trusts litigation. I am also a Board Certified Family Law Specialist. For the past five years, I have been the recipient of the Prestigious Super Lawyers Rising Stars, an achievement reserved for only 5% of California Attorneys. My trial skills and experience help give my clients an idea of what they will expect in the future. I have handled numerous trials in throughout Southern California Courts.

When you hire me, I will guide you and help you manage the stress of planning for your future or litigation. What distinguishes me from my colleagues is that my goal is to see your case to a conclusion. I want to bring your issue to a successful resolution and obtain the best result for you.

The way I obtain the best result for you is by following the three P's rule. “Prepare, prepare and prepare.” From the very start, I develop the strategy to getting the dispute resolved. Then with the goal in mind, I work hard to protect you and your family.

In my free time, I just want to be with my family and spend as much time outdoors. We enjoy cooking and traveling together. I prefer to spend time with the family next to a body of water, whether it be a pool, lake or ocean. I'm amazed watching my son enjoy learning how to play my favorite sport growing up, soccer. I recently discovered the relaxing nature of fly fishing on a trip to Wyoming. Finally, while I may not be a good golfer, an invitation to Topgolf rarely is missed.